Fans and cast members of Nashville were stunned when ABC announced the show would not be renewed for its fifth season.
The Lionsgate TV and ABC Studios-produced show will now air its series finale on Wednesday, May 25.
The cancellation of Nashville came as a big shock to fans because just a few months ago, ABC network president, Paul Lee, said that he had “no plans for Nashville other than to keep it going“.
Although ABC has pulled the plug, Lionsgate isn’t going down without a fight. They are currently shopping the show around to other networks.
The entertainment company tweeted that they are “working hard to find a new home” for Nashville.
— Lionsgate TV (@LionsgateTV) May 13, 2016
Lee stepped down in February and Channing Dungey replaced him. In a conference call on Tuesday (May 17), Dungey finally gave us some answers as to why Nashville was cancelled.
“In terms of the behind the scenes things that were happening on both Castle and Nashville, the studios in each case were looking for the best creative and financial ways to make room for a ninth season of Castle or a fifth season of Nashville,” she said. “They were definitely engaged in a bunch of conversations at the studio they felt would set them up for the best [chance] of success should they get the order. In terms of what we were discussing internally on the network side, it was [what was] best for the schedule and, obviously, looking at ratings, looking at our own planning and looking at some of the new development.”
Dungey explained that she thought Castle and Nashville were both “wonderful shows”, but did not see a future for them on ABC.
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